The sharp radicalisation within Serbian society continues, and was put in the spotlight once again last week by the third failed presidential election in a row. The working people of Serbia simply stayed at home, ignoring the government calls to go out and elect a president. The election results clearly showed just how deep the crisis in the country is, and how unpopular and weak the pro-western ruling caste is in reality. From Pobunjeni Um Editorial Board.
Almost five years since the fighting ceased and NATO troops were sent in to pacify the region, conflict between Serbs and Kosovar Albanians has flared up once again. This renewed conflict confirms everything we have said about Kosovo and the wider problems affecting the whole of the Balkans. The fundamental problems have not been resolved. They have been simmering below the surface.
What happened in Kosovo last week was not a spontaneous outbreak of
hostilities between Serb and Albanian Kosovars, but a planned and
well-orchestrated manouevre by nationalists to "ethnically cleanse"
the province and push towards some kind of ethnically "pure" Kosovo.
Workers on either side will lose out from such a scenario.
On April 1, 2004 around 200 workers of the Slovenian company Comet, the main
producer of wet stones in Slovenia, went on strike. They have now been striking
for one week and it seems that the strike will not come to an end if the workers
do not get what they demand. In the recent period there has been an ascent in
the class struggle in the
Slovenian industrial sector. Following the workers' strike in Unior company,
which produces all kinds of tools from screwdrivers, spanners, tongs etc., this
has been the fourth strike in the industrial sector this year.
A 4 part document by Alan Woods and Ted Grant. The question of nationalities has always occupied a central position in Marxist theory. In particular, the writings of Lenin deal with this important issue in great detail. It is true to say that, without a correct appraisal of the national question, the Bolsheviks would never have succeeded in coming to power in 1917. This document reviews the rich Marxist literature on this issue and applies it to today's conditions.
This short article by Alan Woods, was originally written for the Galician language magazine "Onte e Hoxe" and it deals with the general position of Marxism in relation to the national question and also explains the situation in relation to Kosovo.